|Title:||Designing Facilities for School Library Materials Centers
|Author(s):||Srygley, Sara Krentzman
|Abstract:||As libraries were established in a few secondary schools in
America at the turn of the century, in all probability those responsible
felt that they faced insurmountable problems. These pioneer libraries
were placed wherever space could be spared in buildings not
planned to accommodate them at all. In retrospect, it seems remarkable
that school administrators and librarians of the early
1900' s could arrange library equipment and materials as effectively
as they often did in the small and unsuitable areas then designated
Sixty years later, designing new or renovated quarters for school
library services is one of the most complex and challenging problems
school library or materials specialists face. The buildings
they help to plan represent their concepts of the role of the library
in education today, as well as their ability to influence school administrators
and architects to accept their ideas. The amount of
space allocated for library services, the nature and location of the
special areas designated, and specific provisions for the housing and
dissemination of the educational media considered legitimate library
materials all these tell a community what the planners believe to be
a good school library and what services may be expected from it.
Winston Churchill is often quoted as having said that we shape our
buildings, thereafter they shape us. Recognition of the truth of his
statement only contributes to the insecurity a thoughtful school librarian
must surely feel today.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In A. Lohrer (ed). 1963. The school library materials center: its resources and their utilization; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 3-6, 1963. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 59-68.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (10th : 1963)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16